#SundaySupper: Easy Pork Chop Recipes

MasterChef Junior has started up again and I’m super excited. These 9-13 year olds put me, and probably everyone I know, to shame in the kitchen! I don’t watch the adult version of the show, but have been sucked into the miniature talent. This season I was actually on top of it enough to know it was happening before it started and set the DVR accordingly. It’s been two weeks and I’m already behind. Figures.

But! I did catch the first episode and 4 of the contestants had to cook a dish using “the most cooked protein.” Flip to commercial break. I spent the time it took to fast forward commercials trying to guess what would be under the cloche. The answer? Pork chops. I was wrong.

We do cook pork chops fairly often. Once upon a time it was the only protein my Firecracker would eat. Now that his all time favorite is Chick-fil-A (or any fried) chicken, it’s been harder to get him to voluntarily eat pork. After getting him to try a bite, however, he’ll finish his portion. Insert frustrated-relieved sigh here.

Shelby from Grumpy’s Honeybunch is hosting this week’s Sunday Supper event all about easy pork chop recipes. Be sure to scroll past my recipe to see a fantastic collection of recipes for your next weeknight pork dinner.

Using thick-cut chops is not something I typically do. I always prefer the thin cut because they’re quick. These thick pork chops might change the way I buy pork from now on! They’re brined for 1-3 hours (I think I landed somewhere around 2:30) yielding plump and juicy pork. A sear in cast iron helps keep that moisture in, and then into the oven underneath a blanket of brown sugar.

Quick-Brine Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze (1) for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook

I served these pork chops with grilled cabbage (stay tuned) and mashed sweet potatoes.

This recipe serves 2-3.

Quick Brine Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 C water
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • ice, if needed
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 1 1/2-2″ thick bone-in pork chops
  • 2-3 tbsp brown sugar

Steps:

  1. Bring 1 C water to a gentle boil. Stir in the sage and salt. Allow to cool slightly. Add 1 C cold water. Allow brine to get to room temperature. Add ice if needed.
  2. Place pork chops in a bowl, cover with the cooled brine. Add more water if needed to cover the pork. Cover and refrigerate 1-3 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove pork chops from the brine and pat dry.
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Brush pork with vegetable oil and season with S+P. Sear both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Spread brown sugar over the pork chops in a thin, even layer and place the skillet in the oven. Cook 5-10 minutes to desired doneness, registering at least 145 degrees F in the middle. Remove pork from the pan and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

*This recipe is adapted from Emma at http://www.thekitchn.com/dinner-for-two-recipe-sage-brined-pork-chops-with-brown-sugar-glaze-recipes-from-the-kitchn-180424#*

Quick-Brine Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze (2) for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Pork Chops

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#SundaySupper: Easy Dinner Recipes for Two

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It’s been two months (and a day) since I’ve posted with Sunday Supper and I’m so excited to be back! This weekend we’re sharing dinner ideas for two. It probably has something to do with Valentine’s Day coming up. Thank you, Candace of Authentically Candace, for hosting this event. Scroll past my recipe to see some other great ideas for your next date night.

Most of the recipes I make I make for two. With two boys under 3 it’s hard to include them in my serving size head count. While they’re always provided some of whatever I’ve made, they don’t often eat it. I swear, they live off of cheese and bread.

Pork tenderloins are always an easy dinner option. It’s a perfect protein for slow cookers or popping in the oven with zero babysitting required. Pork often pairs well with mashed potatoes and some sort of green vegetable, making the complete meal also easy enough to assemble.

This recipe uses red wine, making it a perfect date night dish. Dried plums (aka prunes) are reconstituted in red wine and then pureed to create a deep sauce for the pork. Fresh sage leaves were to be laid across the top of the tenderloin, but the two grocery stores I went to were sold out of the herb. I substituted by sprinkling some dried sage (not rubbed sage) onto the meat. Still delicious, just not as visually striking as I imagine the fresh sage leaves would have looked.

We served the pork with Brussels sprouts. Mashed potatoes would have been a nice addition, too.

Roast Pork Loin with Plum Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Pinot Noir wine
  • 3/4 C prunes
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 4 fresh sage leaves (or some dried sage)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil

Steps:

  1. Put wine, prunes, sugar, and vinegar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, until the prunes get soft. Transfer sauce to a blender and puree until smooth. Season to taste with S+P. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  2. Season the pork with S+P. Arrange the sage leaves down the center of the tenderloin, or sprinkle with dried sage. If using fresh sage leaves, tie them in place with kitchen twine.
  3. Coat a cast iron skillet with the olive oil and heat over medium-high. Sear the pork on all sides. Place in the oven and cook 12-15 minutes, until an internal temperature of 145-160 degrees F is reached. Allow pork to rest 10 minutes before removing the twine (if using) and cutting in 1″ thick slices.
  4. Serve with plum sauce.

*This recipe is adapted from Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen*

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

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